It's The Birthday Boy !
I thought I would introduce you to my Head Gardener, Joey. It's his birthday today. Okay, he's not really the head gardener, but he does enjoy the garden, and he is a specialist in blueberry plants. Really, he is. Let me explain:
A few year ago, I purchased some small blueberry plants because they were for sale at a bargain price. False economy. They took years to reach fruiting size. But eventually, one spring, they produced quite a lot of blossom. This coincided with the arrival of Joey to our household. He loved to wander around the garden, smelling all the flowers. But one day, I came home to find that he had dead-headed all the blueberry bushes. No fruit that year then.
The following year I moved the plants out of his reach whilst they flowered. And then I put them back in their original positions. What was I thinking ? You know what's coming, don't you ? Yes, sure enough, I came home one day to find, that not only had he eaten all the ripe fruit, but also he had pulled off all the unripened berries from the plants. But just look at that cute little face.
Last year, I moved the plants out of his reach all season. I didn't put any netting on them, because there was more than enough fruit to share with the resident blackbirds. Didn't realise the blackbirds were going to have a party and invite all their friends, did I ? I managed to rescue the remaining berries and put nets over them.
And this year ? Well I did that pruning the other day, you know.